Teaching Adults (Andragogy) in the Library

November 1, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 3:15 pm
Westerville Public Library
126 S State St
Westerville, OH 43081


Program will be rescheduled in Spring 2018.

Sponsored by: OLC’s Reference and Information Services Division

Intended Audience:  Library staff who teach adults (including adult reference desk staff) as well as Children’s and Teen Services staff who work with teachers in an instructional setting.

Description and Overview: Accessing databases, downloading ebooks, finding lexicon levels: libraries teach adults how to do things every single day. This workshop will teach library staff the basics of how adults learn and specific ways to help different types of learners.

Continuing Education Credits: For those working toward their Ohio Public Librarian or Ohio Public Library Staff re-certification, this workshop counts as six (6) contact hours.

What’s Included: All handouts as provided by the presenters, morning coffee and tea, and box lunches will be provided.

Primary Ohio Public Library Core Competency addressed: TBD

Accommodations: For a list of hotels in the area please email olc@olc.org or call 614-410-8092.


9:00–9:45 a.m. | Registration and Networking
Don’t miss this opportunity to get to know other Ohio public library staff professionals from libraries around the state.

9:45 a.m. | Welcome and Introductions

10:00 – 10:45 a.m. | Introduction to Adult Learning Theory 101
Presenter: Jessica Curtis, Adult Services Librarian, Westerville Public Library and Adjunct Instructor, Kent State University Library iSchool

10:45 a.m. | Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Practice What You’ve Learned: Guides and Handout
Group activity to use what you’ve learned!

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. | Lunch (includes box lunch)

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. | Mapping It Out: Lesson Plans and Learning Outcomes
Presenter: Kaya Burgin, Adult Services Librarian, Westerville Public Library with a B.S. in Integrated Social Studies Education.

1:30 p.m. | Break

1:45 – 3:00 p.m. | Overcoming Barriers to Learning
Presenter: Otterbein’s Center for Teaching and Learning

3:00 p.m. | Wrap-up and Q&A

3:15 p.m. | Workshop adjourns